Wednesday, November 28, 2012

That’s Entertainment

Sugar Puffs
“More and more, the news that Americans are fed looks like entertainment. The difficult and complex aspects of issues are left out because they are incompatible with meeting the public’s entertainment needswhich, unlike the needs for thoughtful reporting, are insatiable. 

“Our political commentators can endlessly amuse us by treating political campaigns and elections as sports eventswe get unending discussions about whos up and whos down. Absurdly irrelevant gaffes by politicians are treated as serious events and subjected to detailed analysis. We are given minute analyses of the current pollshow are the candidates doing with blue collar Armenian Catholics versus Latino Presbyterians versus Mormon lesbian polygamists. 

“At the same time, increasing amounts of ink and air time are consumed by sentimental feel good stories of no real consequence.” 

—Henry Banta, attorney, columnist and Nieman fellow, Lessons on covering politics from the late David Foster Wallace,” Nieman Watchdog, 2012 

• Editorial Comment: Sugar rush—that’s why the news gives me a headache.

Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from 1920s Kansas newspaper publisher E.W. Howe, on his God-given right to talk nonsense? Click here.

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Guest column: Don’t come to Canada, American secessionists, by Sherry King
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‘Botanizing Utah’—scientist follows 1890s photo safari of the West, by D. Whitney Smith
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